2012 NFL Free Agents: 5 Teams That May Stand to Lose Most Valuable Free Agents

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst IJanuary 11, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 2: Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, left, walks off the field next to Brent Grimes #20 of the Atlanta Falcons after warm ups before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Stephen Brashear /Getty Images)
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The following five NFL teams have the biggest decisions to make regarding free agency in 2012.


Indianapolis Colts

Notable free agents: Robert Mathis, Reggie Wayne, Jeff Saturday

New GM Ryan Grigson has a lot on his plate as he enters this job. Not only does Grigson have a decision with Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck, but he'll also have to decide if he wants to retain three of the Colts' stalwarts from the past.

The Colts could look markedly different to start 2012.


Atlanta Falcons

Notable free agents: John Abraham, Brent Grimes, Curtis Lofton, Kroy Biermann

Consider this a big summer for the Falcons organization. Altanta has to replace both their coordinators, and the free agent list, especially on defense, is a long one.

Can they get all those names back for 2012?


San Francisco 49ers

Notable free agents: Alex Smith, Carlos Rogers, Dashon Goldson

The 49ers did well in getting Smith, Rogers and Goldson in San Francisco with one-year deals.

But now that the three have played well in 2011, their price tag for this summer has gone up. Losing any of the three would be blows for the team next season.   


Green Bay Packers

Notable free agents: Matt Flynn, Jermichael Finley, Scott Wells, Jarrett Bush

The Packers will have some decisions to make regarding their free agents.

Is Finley worth a big-money, long-term deal? Or will he get tagged? Flynn wants to start, so he'll likely be gone. Scott Wells, who's 31 years old, drove up his price with a Pro Bowl season.

And Jarrett Bush, a counted-on member of the special teams unit, might want a bigger role on defense somewhere else. 


New Orleans Saints

Notable free agents: Drew Brees, Carl Nicks, Marques Colston, Tracy Porter, Robert Meachem, Aubrayo Franklin

Brees kicks off an impressive list of free agents for the Saints. He's almost guaranteed to be back, as should Nicks.

But the rest? Who knows?

Colston would be a big loss, and Porter is a big part of the Saints secondary. Meachem is a young and talented receiver who could get looks from other franchises. Franklin was a big name on the free-agent market last summer.